Groove to Love! 5 Iconic Love Songs You Have to Hear (with your partner)
It’s that time of the year where romance is at an all-time high, with Valentine’s day behind us! Almost every artist and group, across genres, has created a musical interpretation of love. That’s the beauty of music, isn’t it? The sheer range of unique presentations, across different platforms, is what makes it something of a universal language.
Naturally, suggesting the five “greatest” love songs of all time would be purely subjective. Instead, we list out here five iconiclove songs that are worth the listen.
This song was originally composed and rendered by George Gershwin in 1938 for the movie The Goldwyn Follies. However, jazz icon Billie Holiday took the song and spun it into her own, beautiful version. From her intense voice to the incredible lyrics, the song takes a look at a couple and their unbreakable bond.
In time the Rockies may crumble, Gibraltar may tumble
They’re only made of clay
But our love is here to stay…
Billie Holiday’s rendition features an outstanding change in tempo along with jazz accompaniments.
Fleetwood Mac’s “Tango in the Night” album features many iconic soundtracks, but none more so than Everywhere, written by Christine McVie. It tells the story of McVie, who falls head over heels for a man and is willing to go to any lengths to impress him, have him, and even show him off to the world.
The song emphasizes her vulnerabilities. The emotion of love captures her so much that even her friends begin to think that she’s acting strangely. The song ends with her saying that there’s not much time and that he needs to make an effort like her, in order to make it happen.
This song also happens to be a cover originally written by British singer Ewan MacColl for Peggy Seeger. Interestingly, the original version was just two and a half minutes long and was written in a single hour. Flack, however, was influenced by the song and made it her own, with a version that ended up making her a breakout star.
Going twice the length of the original song, Flack would infuse a softer feel into the music, adding a more melancholic tone. It lasted six weeks at the top of the US charts.
Norah Jones’ breakout album was “Come Away With Me”, where she introduced her unique blend of jazz, pop and country elements to the world. The titular song’s lyrics have a beautiful simplicity to them, and Jones’ unique voice helped her tell a story about her wanting to run away with her lover from the ‘real world’, making a world all their own.
The album would go on to sell over ten million copies and earn Jones a whopping eight Grammy awards.
This song was used as the soundtrack for the 1977 musical film Saturday Night Fever. In fact, the song was originally intended to be performed by Yvonne Elliman, but she insisted that the Bee Gees use it instead.
The song is a timeless classic, talking about two lovers and the world that’s trying to separate them. It also focuses on the complexities between two lovers and what truly keeps them apart.
There have been hundreds of covers of this song, but none that comes close to the original Bee Gees’ version!
Love truly makes the world go around, and through the last century, some of the most iconic songs across all languages have been about love. After all, it’s an emotion that resonates across cultures. Voices, lyrics and tunes remind people of love that they have, had or maybe even yearn to have.
Whether you’re in love, going through heartbreak or just have your head spinning from the feeling this Valentine’s Day, we suggest you check out some of these classics!
Have a great day!